Sunday, April 30, 2006

Everett's Spring Mixtape

To me, the best part about spring is driving around with all the windows rolled down blasting some hot jams for the world to put up with. This mix was made with precisely that activity in mind, and all of these songs are definitely best enjoyed in good weather at excessive volumes, with excessive speeding optional, but recommended. 1) M.I.A. - Sunshowers This song and Belle & Sebastian's "Another Sunny Day" (found on Zack's Mixtape) on and endless loop is a perfectly serviceable spring mix; the chorus of "Sunshowers" somehow captures that "awh yeah spring is starting" feeling perfectly. 2) The Beach Boys - I Get Around (link removed. Come on, you should have the song already) Though I prefer the Beatles in general, when it comes to spring music I have to respectfully disagree with Zack and say that it is actually the Beach Boys that require inclusion on a spring mix. This might be the best song ever for driving fast with the windows down. 3) Of Montreal - I Was Never Young Of Montreal is firmly entrenched in my holy trinity of springtime indie bands. Since Zack used the other two, Belle & Sebastian and Architecture in Helsinki, in his mix, I'll stick with Of Montreal here, with probably the most spring-ready track from their latest, 2005's fantastic The Sunlandic Twins. 4) Cascada - Everytime We Touch I'm sorry, I am absolutely unashamed for including this song. You know what? I'm not even sorry. Look for this song on my end-of-year best list. 5) Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco - Touch The Sky This is a certifiable jam. It's catchy and it's feel-good, the two main prerequisites of a 'springtime song', and this track lyrically offer some insight in to the youthful stages of 'Ye's overwhelming, yet strangely endearing, arrogance. So, thats my five-song contribution. I hope you are all looking forward to Austin, Adrian & Ryan's mixes as much as I am, but until then, I hope you enjoy these songs, and more importantly, I hope you have a fantastic spring. I love you all. Goodbye. -Everett

The Quiet Ones

Another special thanks to David on this post, as this guy found Heypenny for me. The Quiet Ones are somewhat a family band, with older brother John Totten on vocals and bass and twin brothers David and Chris on guitar and drums, respectively. I must say that I'm not completely stricken with the sound, but these guys definitely seem to be progressing and their newest albums, Your Inner Ear Volumes I&II, have a distinctly unique sound. They really embrace the Lo-Fi sound, and do something a little new with it. I recommend checking out their site, where you can dowload Volume I in it's entirety for free. I've also tossed on a couple tracks below that I think are highlights. With a little more time, these guys can be the next darling of the blogs, but just remember you heard them here first (and I heard them from David first.) I really would love to be able to describe their sound, but I just can't find any similar bands, so just listen and tell me what you think. The Quiet Ones - Missing the Party The Quiet Ones - Something to Listen to Download Your Inner Ear Volume I here -Zack

Friday, April 28, 2006

Zack's Spring Mixtape

Spring is finally upon us, especially here in DC. I know spring has arrived because I itch my eyes and blow my nose a good 30 times an hour. But with the bad comes the good: Beautiful blooming trees, smiling faces, and, most importantly, upbeat feel-good music. In part two of our five part series, I (Zack) will share with you my five song Spring Mixtape, featuring new bands and old favorites. With that, here are my choices. The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine (Link removed. You should already have this song) I mean, could you really make a Spring mix without The Beatles. Could you really make any mix without them for that matter? Good Day Sunshine is bright, upbeat, and positive. The Beatles are here to provide your daily dose of happiness, in music form. The Little Ones - Cha Cha Cha These guys have been getting love all over the blogs, and rightfully so. I can't stop listening to these guys. Cha Cha Cha sounds like a cross between The Shins, Fruit Bats, and pure joy. After listening to this song, you'll be begging for more from these guys, so expect an artist profile soon. Architecture in Helsinki - The Owls Go Honestly any song by AiH can work for this, but Adrian mentioned earlier how incredibly cute this song is, and to me it just exudes springiness. Especially the bubble noises and whispers. The Arcade Fire - Haiti I don't particularly think this song is super springy, but it just felt right to put it here. Enjoyable for any season, and it will find it's way into heavy rotation on my iPod this spring. Belle & Sebastian - Another Sunny Day This song alone is a spring mixtape. Anything Belle & Sebastian does can be put here, because of the floating, dreamy vocals and the upbeat nature of Stuart and the gang. Plus the title alone deserves a spot on this mixtape. So there you have it. My five song masterpiece of a Spring Mixtape. Stay tuned for episodes 3-6 of the Spring Mixtape Series, and have a good spring. -Zack

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006

So maybe I did take my time to see Architecture in Helsinki's video for "Do the Whirlwind." It came out last August, and only tonight did I finally see it, let alone discover it existed. I have to say this is one of the coolest videos I've ever seen. I, being the nerd I am and loving anything remotely related to Super Nintendo (but don't we all....right?), find the animations to be really creative and perfect for a music video. But AIH isn't the focus of this post. I don't even really listen to them that much anyways (except for "The Owls Go", one of the most adorable songs I've ever heard). I just used them as justification for making a basically non-music related post. The real reason I mention this at all is because of the mastermind behind the "Do the Whirlwind" video, Paul Robertson. Recently, he posted his latest work, "Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006," online. Although it's not in color, its at least fifty times cooler than the AIH video. For those of you who are as dorky as I am, it's like watching a side-scrolling beat 'em up game like Final Fight being played in front of you, except the bad guys in this one include pregnant zombie women whose spawn explode out of their stomachs, hungry for flesh. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Gruesome description aside, this short movie is quite amazing, capturing my attention after only the first few seconds. I can't express enough how fascinating and original the animations and concept behind this video are. Every character is a product of Robertson's imagination and is not taken from anywhere. I'm really excited to see what this guy comes up with next. If anybody else knows anything else about any other similar works he's released, let me know please! I've embedded a Veoh preview of the video below, but I highly recommend viewing it in its entirety through quicktime either by downloading or streaming. I've posted the links for that too below.
Pirate Baby's Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006
[Follow link to stream or right-click and select "Save Link As..." to download]
Enjoy! -Adrian

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Boy Crazy

With a name like Boy Crazy, I would have most likely brushed this band off at first as just another part of the pop-punk bullshit that seems to be appearing everywhere these days. However, after reading that these guys were signed to Emerald Moon Records without a vocalist, I had to see what the deal was. Turns out, Boy Crazy is hardly what the name may suggest. If I were to liken them to any other band, it would be the Sound of Animals Fighting (Tiger and the Duke), but even that doesn't describe their sound accurately. This Towson, Maryland four-piece blends together experimental instrumentals with good ol' rock'n'roll which, although maybe not matching up with the style of TSOAF, is just as innovative and aggressive. Their songs off their debut EP, Whale Songs to Kensington Garden, range from being more rock-oriented ("Egyptian Plover and the Crocodile") to having a more ambient sound ("Cosmo Memory"). I highly recommend getting your hands on the EP. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

Boy Crazy - Egyptian Plover and the Crocodile Boy Crazy - I'm Not a Tigress, I'm a Tiger




Expect an interview with the band to be up soon... -Adrian

Monday, April 24, 2006

Everett's Top 11

Hey everyone, I'm Everett. I primarily write for Good Weather for Airstrikes, but have recently been offered the opportunity to share some of the less cutting edge, straightfowardly "indie" music I enjoy here on All Things Go. I admit that the eleven songs I'm posting below generally appeal more to indie sensibilities than the left-of-center songs I will be posting here most, but these serve as a fairly effective introduction to my music taste. Without further ado, here are eleven songs that I like a whole hell of a lot: 1) Death Cab for Cutie, We Looked Like Giants "We Looked Like Giants" is my favorite Death Cab song, and nobody will ever be able to convince me that Death Cab has ever topped the majesty of this song. 2) Bright Eyes, Lover I Don't Have To Love It took me well over a year to finally fall for Bright Eyes music, and this was the song that, after repeated listens, eventually did it for me. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning was my favorite album of 2005 and is one of my favorite albums, period, but I decided for a band like Bright Eyes I had to go back to the point I was finally converted. 3) Bob Dylan, Tangled Up In Blue Blood On The Tracks may very well be my favorite album of all time, and it's first song, "Tangled Up In Blue", is easily my favorite Dylan song. Listening to "Tangled Up In Blue" makes me realize that no matter how much I love Conor Oberst, comparisons between him and Dylan are simply ludicrous. 4) The Beatles, And I Love Her One of my two favorite Beatles songs (the other one being "Something"), I'm one of those people that can't define myself as a music-loving individual without inclusion of The Beatles in something like this. Probably the most influential band ever, and nobody, not even Brian Wilson, can craft perfect pop songs that approach the sheer stick-in-your-head brilliance that much of The Beatles catalogue contains. 5) Iron & Wine, The Trapeze Swinger If somebody put a gun to my head and said that I had to name my absolute favorite song in the world (which, under any other circumstances, I doubt I'd be able to) or he (or she, ladies!) would shoot me, this is the song I would choose. 6) Sigur Ros, Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa If that same person were to then ask me my favorite band, perhaps an even more difficult task, Sigur Ros would be my answer. This is my favorite Sigur Ros song and was easily the highlight of their show when I saw them last year. 7) Explosions In The Sky, First Breath After Coma According to my last.fm, this is the band I listen to most. Granted, this is probably because I've found nothing more condusive to doing homework than the Friday Night Lights Soundtrack, on which Explosions In The Sky has 11 of the 14 tracks. This song, unlike my other favorite, "Your Hand In Mine", does not appear on that soundtrack, but was my first introduction to Explosions In The Sky and remains one of my favorite songs. 8) DJ Shadow, Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt Endtroducing... is an absolutely essential album. I would not be the first to liken listening to the full album a transcendent experience, and though I believe the album as a whole is far greater than the sum of its parts, "Building Steam..." can stand alone as one of the most subtly epic tracks of the nineties. 9) Radiohead, No Surprises Radiohead is just one of those bands that I can't imagine living without. Every once in a while I'll find myself listening to nothing but Radiohead for a good week, and if it weren't for Sigur Ros, I would proclaim Radiohead the best band in the world today. 10) The Shins, Pink Bullets Chutes Too Narrow is another favorite album, and there was definitely a period of time where I would consider "Pink Bullets" my favorite song. I still consider it a near-perfect pop masterpiece, and one of the finest songs written in recent history (recent meaning 'since I entered high school'). 11) Say Anything, Woe This song, and this band in general, is just a whole hell of a lot of fun to listen to. I don't consider myself a particularly angst-ridden person, which is why my pop-punky phase ended years ago, but bands like Max Bemis' Say Anything transcend the genre enough that I don't feel even the least bit lame listening to ...Is A Real Boy. So there you go, an introduction to the music I enjoy. Hip Hop is grossly underrepresented here, and I don't want to give the impression that I dislike the genre. However, there is a collaborative effort in the works between Zack and myself that should fully satiate your hip-hop desires, so keep your eyes out for that. -Everett

It's NBA Playoffs Time

Ok so I haven't mentioned this before (I don't know how) but I am a ridiculous sports fan, and a homer at that. I love nothing more than the Redskins, Nationals, Orioles, Wizards, Capitals, and even DC United. While football is my first love, I can't help but express my joy that Gilbert "Sexpot" Arenas and the Wizards are in the playoffs for the second year in a row (first streak since 1987-88), and are up against LeBron James' Cavaliers. I know we lost game one and Gilbert struggled, but I'm expecting a bounce back game and a big win in Cleveland. The main reason for this post is that I need you guys' help. The new commercials for the NBA Playoffs on ESPN are absolutely incredible, and i have embedded the commercial into this post if you want to see it. I am trying desperately to figure out the song in the commercial. It sounds like RJD2, but I don't think it is, so if you have any ideas let me know. The commercial is called "To Each His Own Ritual" so watch and enjoy. And find the song for me please. HELP ME! -Zack

Saturday, April 22, 2006

All Things Go Cannabliss Mixtape

NOTE: I am aware that I posted this mixtape a day late. This special holiday was such a cause for celebration that I could not bring myself to write anything. It's fairly ironic that this particular mixtape came out late, but there were extenuating circumstances (pickup basketball/playing with my hair) that made me unable to finish it. It's still ripe, so enjoy. It's Thursday, April 20th, and if you indulge in herbology, this date has a special meaning. Basically April 20th, or 4/20 for short, is national pot-smokers day (and also the day before the day before Earth Day!!!). There is much speculation as to why 4/20 is the date (police code, date of biggest drug bust, etc.) but, whatever the reason, people come together in groups to share their stash and enjoy a good, elevated day. This mixtape molds perfectly to every type of highness, and can be served stone-cold sober with similar effects. There are synthy fast paced jams to get your blood pumping or, in some cases, give you headaches and make you crave nachos. There are beautiful, layered melodies, perfect for a walk through the park with a joint and some friends. This mix has something for everyone, and is gauranteed to trip you out. Please note that neither I nor other members of All Things Go condone the use of marijuana, space cakes, shrooms, or any sort of drug, nor do we use them ourselves. This mix is for everyone to enjoy, even the non-smokers. I have recruited the help of Austin and Everett to jointly write some of the song descriptions, and with that, I present to you the All Things Go Cannabliss Mixtape: All Things Go Cannabliss Mixtape (.rar) 1) The Stills - In the Beginning I have had a craving to post this song somehow, and this mixtape has given me the perfect excuse. From the opening chords to the relaxing melody at the end, this song is a rollercoaster ride of emotion, a must-have in an elevated state. "In the Beginning" eats you up and spits you out a new man. A new, awesome, man. 2) Atom & His Package - I Am Downright Amazed at What I Can Destroy With Just a Hammer I have only two words to describe this song: Slippery Synths. That is all. 3) Of Montreal - So Begins Our Alabee There are more noises in this song than their are hairs on Alex's back (Note: that's alot). It is also the posterchild for making goofy mouth-beat-noises along with choreographed hand motions. With lyrics like "You’re my mousy aesthete, you’re my bouyant cherub, it’s true" this song had to be made with reefer in mind. 4) A.C. Newman - Miracle Drug This song could be put on this list because of it's title alone, but with Carl Newman's unique vocals and a dirty drumline to boot, "Miracle Drug" more than qualifies for the Cannabliss Mixtape. Warning: this song might unlock the junk in your trunk. Consider yourself warned. 5) The Get Up Kids - Close to Me Much like "In the Beginning", this song begins with overpoweringly danceable drums and adds instrument after instrument, coming to a climax near the end. I've torn holes in my steering-wheel cover from hand-drumming the beat every time this song comes on in my car. 6) Ratatat - El Pico Honestly, Ratatat(atatat) is one slick-ass band. The muted guitar part at 3:21 gives your life new meaning and direction, and gives your soul a raging erection. Literally any of these guys' songs would work for this mixtape, but "El Pico" is far and away the best because it has a diverse range of moods, much like Adrian on his period. Mental image! 7) Architecture in Helsinki - Do the Whirlwind I seem to notice a running theme in this mixtape: simple beginnings that slowly add instruments until the climax near the end. "Do the Whirlwind" is no exception, filled with awesome synths, brass instruments, and a sitar. Honestly, what's better than a sitar? Also, make sure you check out the 2:04 part of the song when they drop the beat for a second, and "the beat the beats hanging on." 8) Heypenny - Parade Heypenny is better than you, your grandma, and Karl "The Mailman" Malone combined. "Parade", with it's synthy beginning and ridiculously catchy melody, is the ultimate high song, if not the ultimate anytime jam. You really don't need this whole mixtape to satisfy your musical munchies. Just put this song on repeat, grab a bag of goldfish, and get ready for a mindblowing experience. 9) The Streets - Blinded by the Light If you don't completely and totally lose your mind listening to this song, you might need to remove the stick from your ass. So Mike Skinner AKA The Streets doesn't sing. Get over it. "Blinded by the Light" is an adventure in spoken word of Mike Skinner and his journey into a nightclub while high on something. The chorus of "lights are blinding my eyes" and "and walking off into the night" hold together one of the strongest songs on this mixtape, and my personal favorite Streets track. 10) Royksopp - Triumphant Try focusing while listening to this song, it's just not going to happen. The simple piano riff played over and over (and over) is the perfect background for the drums, beeps, and boops that swirl around this humdinger of a song. Warning: "Triumphant" can and will cause you to forget all of your troubles. Even your little sister. The one who drowned while you were off getting stoned. 11) The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?? (The Postal Service Remix) This upbeat remix of an already incredibly trippy song will cause a little mini-fiesta in your brain, and possibly all the way down the spine. Jimmy Tamborello incorporates the ultimate video game noises and synths to literally cause an eargasm. With lyrics like "You realize the sun doesn't go down, It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round" get ready to question everything. 12) Z-Trip - Breakfast Club Yes, Z-Trip is white, but that doesn't stop me from absolutely adoring this song about the best of the old school saturday morning cartoons. The Phoenix, Arizona DJ loops a simple vocal beat, with added snares and drums, to create an incredibly infectious rhythm that's impossible not to sing along to. Not to mention Z-Trip name drops such early morning cartoons as the Smurfs, GI Joe, Wacky Races, Transformers, and the Get Along Gang. 13) Matisyahu - King Without a Crown What can be said about Matisyahu that hasn't already been uttered a million times. Yes he's fully kosher. No he does not smoke, and yes he is anti-drugs. You would think that all of these things combined would prohibit "King Without a Crown" from entering this mixtape, but the song is just too damn good. To truly enjoy Matisyahu in an elevated state, sit down and listen to his whole album Shake off the Dust...Arise through. 14) The Postal Service - This Place is a Prison Honestly any Postal Service song could work for this mix, but "This Place is a Prison" features eerie, unique noises as well as an awesome mood change in the middle. Just find your comfy chair, indulge in the cannibology and tell your friends you'll see them tommorow. Bonus Track: 15) Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics Possibly one of hip-hops smoothest rhyme-slingers, Blackalicious puts it all together in "Alphabet Aerobics", a training video should be required listening for aspiring emcees. I cannot even describe the wonder that is "Alphabet Aerobics", so I'll let the lyrics speak for themselves: Artificial amateurs, aren't at all amazing Analytically, I assault, animate things Broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat Buildings are broken, basically I'm bombarding Casually create catastrophes, casualties Cancelling cats got their canopies collapsing Detonate a dime of dank daily doin dough Demonstrations, Don Dada on the down low Eatin other editors with each and every energetic Epileptic episode, elevated etiquette Furious fat fabulous fantastic Flurries of funk felt feeding the fanatics Gift got great global goods gone glorious Gettin godly in his game with the goriest Hit em high, hella height, historical Hey holocaust hints hear 'em holler at your homeboy Imitators idolize, I intimidate In a instant, I'll rise in a irate state Juiced on my jams like jheri curls jockin joints Justly, it's just me, writin my journals Kindly I'm kindling all kinds of ink on Karate kick type brits in my kingdom Let me live a long life, lyrically lessons is Learned lame louses just lose to my livery My mind makes marvelous moves, masses Marvel and move, many mock what I've mastered Niggas nap knowin I'm nice naturally Knack, never lack, make noise nationally Operation, opposition, off, not optional Out of sight, out of mind, wide beaming opticals Perfected poem, powerful punchlines Pummelling petty powder puffs in my prime Quite quaint quotes keep quiet it's Quannum Quarrelers ain't got a quarter of what we got uh Really raw raps, risin up rapidly Riding the rushing radioactivity Super scientifical sound search sought Silencing super fire saps that are soft Tales ten times talented, too tough Take that, challengers, get a tune up Universal, unique untouched Unadulterated, the raw uncut Verb vice lord victorious valid Violate vibes that are vain make em vanished Well would a wise wordsmith just Weaving up words weeded up, I'm a workshift Xerox, my X-ray-diation holes extra large X-height letters, and xylophone tones Yellow back, yak mouth, young ones yaws Yesterday's lawn yards sell our (yawn?) Zig zag zombies, zoomin to the zenith Zero in zen thoughts, overzealous rhyme ZEA-LOTS!... Are you passed out yet? Thanks again for checking out the All Things Go Cannabliss Mixtape. It took me quite a while to compile this mixtape, and I love hearing some feedback. By the way, your little brother is at baseball practice. It looks like it's gonna rain, you might just want to pick him up, or are you too busy getting high? And remember, Gatorade is the ultimate burnout cure, and nobody is judging you. Remember to neuter and spay your pets, and have a good night.

Friday, April 21, 2006

The Sound of Animals Fighting - Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...

I've been waiting to listen to this album for a very long time. To me, anything involving Matt Embree, or any of the other members of the Rx Bandits for that matter, is definetly worth a listen. Last year's Tiger and the Duke was an amazing, groundbreaking album. Although it consisted of nine tracks, only four of which were actual full band songs, Tiger was an amazing album. Anthony Green's sirenic voice, along with Embree's impeccable and innovative guitarwork, and the assistance of a couple of the creative guys from the now-defunct Finch, came together to form what was one of my favorite listens of 2005. For those of you who haven't heard of The Sound of Animals Fighting, the basic premise is this: an amalgam of musicians from different bands, whose identities are concealed by the masks of different animals, come together to form a progressive, experimental group of which the world has never seen the likes of. So technically I can't say with certainty who is in the band, seeing as their faces are hidden. But listen to TatD and tell me that isn't Anthony Green. Their first album was critically acclaimed for its combination of innovative instrumentals with that alternative, post-hardcore sound seen in bands such as Saosin, Rx Bandits, and others of similar genre. With that said, TSOAF's sophomore effort, Lover, the Lord Has Left Us..., sounds nothing like their debut release. Don't expect any aggressive tracks such as Tiger and the Duke's "Act I: Chasing Suns." If I were to describe Lover in one word, it would have to be...weird. Now let's not get the wrong idea. If anything, the band goes beyond Tiger and further strengthens their status as pioneers in the experimental genre. I find it really hard to even begin comprehending how the writing process of Lover's tracks begin. They use such wide, varying combinations of sounds to build each track on the album. However, there is a greater focus on the technical side of the music and incorporating unconventional sounds rather than on traditional instruments. This is both good and bad. Although the band's music is very (and I emphasize on very) unique, listeners may lose themselves in an ocean of noise; as interesting the sound of bongos and indian chants may be, I often found myself forgetting I was actually listening to the new TSOAF cd. I really miss their defining guitar riffs and drumming. But hey, you still got Anthony Green, as well as Chiodos' Craig Owens and Days Away's Keith Goodwin joining the vocal line-up! Green, as always, does a great job, but unfortunately doesn't strain his voice as much on this record as he did on the previous one with his trademark scream. Owens' voice goes perfectly with the music, especially on "Horses in the Sky" (my favorite track off the album). But now you can't even tell who is behind the mechanics of the album. Because there is seldom any really defined guitar part, you cannot tell, for example, whether Matt Embree is actually helping out on the album or not. So that's my spiel on the album. I'd be interested in listening to what you guys have to say about it, especially those of you who have listened to Tiger and the Duke. Here are a few tracks from the album... The Sound of Animals Fighting - Skullflower The Sound of Animals Fighting - Horses in the Sky The Sound of Animals Fighting - Stockhausen, Es Ist Ihr Gehirn, Das Ich Suche







And what the hell, why not a couple tracks from Tiger and the Duke! The Sound of Animals Fighting - Act I: Chasing Suns The Sound of Animals Fighting - Act II: All Is Ash or the Light Shining Through It









BONUS: And while we're on the topic of Rx Bandits side projects, here's a song by a band called Satori. Led by Rx saxophonist Steven Borth, Satori makes some nice feel-good reggae-like music. This song could've made it on my upcoming spring mix since it always makes me smile, but there's so many others to choose I figured I just might as well slip it in here. Satori - Finding Your Place -Adrian

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Themed Wednesday: Body Parts

This themed thursday is not on a thursday at all. I know you all are saying "But Zack, thats just crazy!" and it is. Crazy as a fox. But this thursday is a special day, and there is a special mix coming that day (tommorow), so get all excited. I'd also like to take this time to mention that Everett, of GWFAS, has been added to the man-stable that is All Things Go, and he will be contributing every week to both the Themed Thursday and any of my (Zack) mixes, much like our collaboration on the Valentine's Day Mixtape. A formal welcome with a taste of Everett's music will be coming on Friday, but everyone welcome Everett into the world of mediocrity, laziness, and sheer unintelligence that is All Things Go. This week our theme is body parts. There must be a mention of body parts in each song title, whether it be limbs or organs. This can go in any direction, so watch out. Themed Wednesday: Body Parts begins now... Everett's Pick: Junior Senior - Move Your Feet If you are in a bad mood and you listen to this song, it will be as if the fog has been lifted and nothing exists in life but pure, unadulterated ecstasy Alex's Pick: The Pixies - Broken Face For a long time (until Christmas this year), I had trouble getting into The Pixies. I didn't really like what I heard, and didn't see any reason to really look into them further. Then I heard this song, and have been hooked since. Adrian's Pick: These Arms are Snakes - Drinking from the Necks of the Ones You Love This band is insane! Really, I can't find anything else that really sounds like them. Born from the ashes of Botch and Kill Sadie, These Arms are Snakes puts on one of the greatest live shows that I've ever seen. It's like having sex, playing video games, and eating Taco Bell at the same time. Awh yeah. Honorable mention to their other songs, "Your Pearly Whites" and "The Shit Sisters" (I'm not sure if that counts or not). Ryan's Pick: The 101er's - Keys to Your Heart (Version 2) And you thought I couldn't post anything else involving Joe Strummer! Guess again. This is from his pre-Clash (gasp) band The 101er's, and was released as a single in the UK after his departure from the band. Austin's Pick: Interpol - Hands Away This is one of Interpols more epic songs. The faint vocals slowly come to life beneath the heart-wrenching build up, creating a sound that digs deep. Zack's Pick: Her Space Holiday - Something To Do With My Hands This was a hard choice because there are so many body parts songs to do. I went with HSH 'cause they have a really unique sound, and don't get enough credit throughout the blogosphere. Special mentions to Ted Leo's "Squeaky Fingers" and The Knife's "Hearbeats". We hope you guys enjoyed our Themed Wednesday this week, and I'm happy to welcome Everett to the All Things Go Team. Until next week... - The All Things Go Team (Ryan, Alex, Austin, Zack, Everett, Adrian)

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Lewis + Happy Easter

Now if you are an old school ATG reader, you may remember the " A Warm Winters Day" post. Well its about time to move out of the cold and into spring. Lewis, The "solid electro pop band from Canada" is really quite good at maintaining a defined tone. They will most likely make it on to my Folktronica Mixtape, which has been in the works for a while now. Here are a few more songs by Lewis, aswell as "A Warm Winters Day." Now you can go get your easter on in style, thanks to Lewis. I hope you like it, and sorry for the weak low content/relevance post. :) Lewis - Citrus Lewis - I'm Going To Punch Your Lights Out Lewis - A Warm Winters Day In other news a new Mixtape is comming this week....can you guess the theme? -Austin!

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, The New Tragic

I figured I'd post a little something just so the day doesn't go by post-less... That picture just screams Deep South. Led by ex-Underoath frontman Dallas Taylor, Alabama metalcore outfit Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is anything but similar to his alma mater. What makes these recent Ferret-signees so fun to listen to is their distinct Southern sound. I don't really want to make comparisons between these two bands considering they're very different, but imagine Fight Paris except with a more grassroots feel, a more metal sound, and about fifty times as bad-ass. Maylene doesn't sound like some alcohol-fueled metalcore band that wants to get laid after the show (but don't get me wrong, I like me some Fight Paris too). They've got that extra southern sound, like the slide guitar in "Tough as John Jacobs," that lets you know where they're coming from. A great return by Mr. Taylor. I'm really excited to listen to this band's debut release. See these guys on the road with P.O.D., Pillar, and the Chariot on the Warriors Tour II: Guilty by Association. Stream some songs off of Maylene's MySpace page.
Taylor's resume just keeps on growing. The New Tragic, featuring ex-From First to Last vocalist Phillip Reardon and Dallas on screaming and keyboard duty, are a straight-up good screamo band. It's not that often that you can call a band that these days, but TNT definetly deserve the title. The band's first single, "A Half Cocked Smile and 2 Guns Blazin," has been playing over and over on my iTunes for the past couple weeks. The same vocals Reardon used to launch From First to Last's Aesthetic EP into success return in the New Tragic. And let's not forget Dallas' trademark screams. The two blend perfectly together, as demonstrated in the first few seconds of the band's single. As far as instrumentals go, The New Tragic isn't anything revolutionary, but every member of the band works together to make some awesome music. Fans of Underoath's They're Only Chasing Safety will definetly love this band. Once again, a great return for two great musicians. Keep an eye out for these guys, they're definetly going to get big. The New Tragic - A Half Cocked Smile and 2 Guns Blazin If you want to listen to more songs or watch their video for "A Half Cocked Smile..." check out the band's MySpace page. -Adrian

Friday, April 14, 2006

Guest Blogger: Monica! Jenny Lewis Live!

We've never done this here at All Things Go before, but there's always a first for everything (like that night with GWFAS and ATG in the hot tub). Loyal reader and, apparently, awesome writer Monica asked if she can post a review and a few pictures of a recent Jenny Lewis show she attended, and being the nice guy I am, I agreed. Let Monica know if you enjoyed the review because she might be just like us here at ATG; insecure little girls who love ego boosts and, of course, My Little Ponies. If you consider yourself to have "exceptional" taste in music, Jenny Lewis should ring a few bells. As most of us know, she fronts an amazing band, Rilo Kiley but she is currently promoting her first solo attempt along with the very folk-y and kind of creepy, Watson Twins. I was able to catch her show at the Birchmere in good ol' Alexandria a few weeks back, along with openers, Whispertown 2000 and Johnathan Rice. Whispertown's set was just fine, I can't say much though, I spent my time smoking cigarettes by the woman's bathroom. Unlike the dull Whispertown kids, Johnathan Rice put on a great set, albeit, short, but nevertheless, I walked away wanting to pick up his album, Trouble Is Real. Fortunately, his opening set wasn't the last we saw of him, he played along with Jenny her entire set, even providing a great duet with Ms. Lewis towards the end of the show. With a great intro song, Jenny along with the Watson Twins, did a beautiful acapella version of "Run Devil Run" before beginning her set. She played a couple new songs, including a "love song" by the name of "Jack Killed Mom". An upbeat song eventually turned into an all-out jam session, complete with Johnathan Rice rockin' hard on his guitar with Jenny on piano. Personal favorites such as, "You Are What You Love", "Big Guns", and "Rise Up With Fists" sounded great live. Our last look at the beautiful Ms. Lewis was the snap-and-sing acapella song along with the Watson Twins. Overall, the show was incredible, Jenny was great and I can vouch for all my friends who were there with me, we'd definitely see her again, and again. Here are a few pictures i took of the show (click to enlarge). Thanks again to Monica for doing this review, and we hope to hear more from her in the near future. -Monica (& Zack)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Themed Thursday: Colors

So theme for this thursday is a little more abstract. Previously we have done songs to listen to while doing something (singing in the shower, etc.) but this week we are going in a different direction. We each are posting a song, any song, that has a color somewhere in the title. These songs can be completely unrelated, but they share a common theme in that each song is colorful. Also, this theme gave me the excuse to post the above picture. Here are our selections for this week's Themed Thursday, Colors. Alex's Pick: Blonde Redhead - Pink Love I love me some Blonde Redhead. Love them vicious. I also love grammatically incorrect sentences. (Note: this song and artist features three colors! bonus points!) Adrian's Pick: Q And Not U - Black Plastic Bag So many choices for this category, but since Q and Not U happens to be in it, they take the prize. This is one of my favorite, more fast-paced songs off of Different Damage. Austin's Pick: Wilco - Red-Eyed and Blue This theme thursday was really fun for me. I didnt realize i had somany songs with colors in the title. I choose Red-Eyed and Blue by Wilco, because not only does it have TWO colors in the title, but it is a great song, and Wilco is one of my all time favorite bands. Okkervil River "Black" and "White Plains" by John Vanderslice were close, but Wilco is just too amazing to say no to. Ryan's Pick: New Black - Red Bandit Here's a band that I have been thinking deserves a little more attention (it isn't that new but i wanted to post about them). From Chicago, New Black combines bad-assity with attention grabbing music. This isn't the best song of theirs, but it's a song with a color in the title. Zack's Pick: Jens Lekman - Black Cab An absolutely incredible song + an underrated musician + the color black = the perfect Themed Thursday choice. This song is going to find it's way onto an All Things Go Mixtape in the near future, but I thought I'd give those of you who haven't yet listened to Jens a little taste of greatness. I also seriously considered The Shins "Pink Bullets" and "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1" by the Flaming Lips, but i did that last week, and "Black Cab" is more incredibler. Yet another stunning edition of Themed Thursday is in the books. Remember folks, we're taking suggestions for themes, as we are fresh out of ideas. Until next week... -The All Things Go Team (Austin, Adrian, Zack, Ryan, Alex)

Daylight's for the Birds

I can't seem to find that much information about these guys, but they should be getting big any day now. They don't have an album yet, but do have a myspace page where you can check out their new work which, I must say, I really enjoy. Their style is very cinematic and flowing, perfect for a surreal walk through the park. The female vocals and synths are right-on, and it's only a matter of time before these guys get around the blogosphere (and they've already been featured on Villains Always Blink and Gorilla vs. Bear now that I check Hype Machine, making me feel so much less cool). Anyways, here are four unmastered tracks, all of which can be found on their myspace page and will be on their debut album coming out in summer/fall. I recommend them all, and look forward to hearing more from them in the near future. Daylight's for the Birds: Worlds Away Please For Now To No One PS: It's official. You can now reach our site either through www.all-things-go.blogspot.com (the old URL) or through the new URL www.all-things-go.com. Thanks to everyone for the feedback. -Zack

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Angels & Airwaves - We Don't Need to Whisper

Finally, I've been able to listen to Angels & Airwaves' debut album in its entirety. It was all I expected it to be. Tom Delonge manages to show his more serious side. Laying rest to the dick and fart jokes (at least on the album), Delonge displays his abilities as an accomplished songwriter. With Blink-182's final self-titled release we witnessed a major change, moving from the usual pop-punk to a more serious electronic sound. I wouldn't go as far to say that AVA's debut album was the next logical step for Delonge. I found that Blink-182 focused a bit too much on modifying the band's sound, making it less of a rock album. However, it was a clear demonstration of how both Delonge and Mark Hoppus' musical minds needed to break out of the Blink shell. If I were to describe AVA's WDNTW, I would say take Blink-182's "Man Overboard" and...make it a lot more epic? It made sense in my head at the time, but if you know what I mean then there you go! Whisper employs the electronic sound in a much better way than Blink's last album. Never is there a track that seems to be overtaken with anything other than instruments. In fact, Delonge's guitar-playing style is what defines the album and makes AVA what it is. Again, as with previous posts, I don't feel as if I need to delve much into how the songs sound. They all have the same feel to them, but each pull of the AVA style in their own unique way. This is both a good and bad thing. As much as I love that Delonge has gone on to create an intricate, epic album, I feel as if the album gets repetitive at times; the serious-yet-happy tone of the first song seems to be used in every other track. Nevertheless, I highly recommend giving this album a listen and buying it when it hits store shelves. Here are some tracks from the album... Angels & Airwaves - Valkyrie Missle Angels & Airwaves - It Hurts Angels & Airwaves - Do It For Me Now
And don't forget those from earlier posts... Angels & Airwaves - The Gift Angels & Airwaves - The Adventure Angels & Airwaves - Good Day
Enjoy! -Adrian P.S. If you'd like to download the album in its entirety, follow this link. I won't be sending this album out through IM.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Safe Home

UPDATE: Fixed the links The all mighty Austin is back, and he comes bearing gifts! Gifts that you will surely enjoy. Ok, enough third person, it's time to get down to business. It seems that the combined genius of Zack and Derek on the ATG: Sleep Mixtape was a huge hit, and by reading through the comments it seems as though Imogen Heap was a highlight. I would like to bring all the Imogen Heapians back to our humble yet obnoxious blog to take a gander at Safe Home. Safe Home will certainly entertain you with the same similar soft sound (alliteration!) that so many love to experience in Imogen Heap. Safe Home shares the same vibe that Imogen Heap creates, but makes it their own with a much more simple and conventional song design. Instead of the face melting weird guitary synthy solos, ultra complicated beat chopping, extreme layering of vocals, and just odd sounds in general that one my find in Imogen Heap ( "Goodnight & Go" is a good example,) you will be left with a more melancholy sound. In fact, Safe Home has been referred to as
"...a treat of next-generation melancholia, a strange'n'spooky postrock-indie-folk drama built on acoustic guitars, subtle electronic widgery,and featuring the distinctive smooth whisper of Esther Sprikkelman."
Oh yes and of course they are from the Netherlands (if you didn't guess that when you read "Esther Sprikkelman,") which totally gives them some obscurity cred. So go bring Safe Home up in your next music discussion and serve someone with a hot steamy plate of Netherland melodic goodness. Safe Home consists of only two people, which explains why their music is relatively simple. I like Safe home because of their simplicity. Sometimes when I wanna feel like a fool and want to join in singing with some angelic European women, I don’t want to battle the complicated song structures of Imogen Heap, and Psaap. The England based Folktronica Duo that makes up Psapp is very similar to Safe Home, but still I feel they are even too complicated. Safe Home seems to fit nestled nicely between these two great bands, and with 5 singles, one EP, and their second album just dropping here in the states in March, I think they have shown a very respectable entrance their genre. By no means would I say Safe Home is a footnote in the genre, but more so a different take at the whole craze behind it. Below you can download some Safe Home for yourself, and make your own judgment. First for download is "They Say It" which is one of the highlights on their most recent album "The Wide Wide World And All We Know." It is very relaxing, but doesn’t let you drop too deep, thanks to the consistent beat and rising melodies. It has some beautiful harmony, and they even drop the beat like pros. Next for download is "Suspended In Gaffa." This song is the best example of a mixture of Imogen Heap and Psapp. The verse is what a Psapp fan would look for, and the chorus is very reminiscent of the layering vocals heard in Imogen Heap. It's a very short and sweet serenade that also sets a relaxing mood. Lastly, is "Leda." Leda has a more poppy tone than the other songs, and I feel almost shares some Beatles-esque melody/song structure. It is also short and sweet, like most of Safe Home's songs. Short and sweet being a good thing, instead of some of the Psapp songs which can drag on. I hope everyone knows Psapp, considering I’ve been making many comparisons to them. Just in case you haven’t heard of Psapp, I’ve uploaded one of their songs. Oh yeah, Psapp is also playing shows with Joze Gonzalez soon, so get excited. Safe Home - They Say It Safe Home - Suspended In Gaffa Safe Home - Leda Psapp - Tiger, My Friend -Austin!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

All Things Go Sleep Mixtape

[artwork by Derek Davies]
I've taken my precious time putting together this masterpiece of a mixtape, but the finished product is worth it. With a little help from Derek, I've managed to create what I deem to be the ultimate experience in sleep-music. These songs are very different in style, but all achieve the same goal, a perfect recipe for a good night's sleep. The artists range from ultimate sleep music makers Belle & Sebastian to normally upbeat Stars. Some songs may not feature quiet, soft strings or a simple melody, but all of them are sure to help you close your eyes and drift into a deep sleep. With that, here are the songs for All Things Go Sleep Mixtape.
NOTE: I will be adding a link to download the entire album as a .zip tommorow, but I am too lazy and tired to do it tonight.
ZACK: If I could only listen to one song for the rest of my life, this one might be it. I worship this song, and it seems to always find it's way on to my stereo either on long drives or when I'm tucking myself in at night. Arguably the best track on Greetings From Michigan, Widows features stunning vocals and Sufjan on his finest instrument, the banjo. Using a mixture of pure talent and echo pedals, this song puts you in a trance from the first pluck of the banjo to the soft horns that quietly close this masterpiece. 2) Stars - On Peak Hill ZACK: I am a man, and am completely unashamed to admit that I love Stars. These guys (and gal) know how to make beautiful song after beautiful song, and On Peak Hill is the perfect example of this. I had a hard time choosing between four or five Stars songs, but this one, off of their 2001 debut LP Nightsongs, just seemed so fitting for a sleep mixtape. The simple guitar chords and hushed vocals are a perfect recipe for a good night's sleep. Plus, this gives me an excuse to mention one of the best names in the music business, male vocalist Torquil Campbell. 3) Andrew Bird - Tables and Chairs ZACK: This is one of my girlfriend's favorite musicians, and I can understand why. Andrew Bird and the Mysterious Production of Eggs was one of my favorite albums of 2005, and this song happens to be my, and my girlfriend's, song of choice off the album. Tables and Chairs is melodious, soft, and perfect for a mid-afternoon nap. Besides, who wouldn't want to fall asleep listening to a song about our crumbling modern society and the apocalypse? 4) Final Fantasy - Peach Plum Pear ZACK: Owen Pallett is a genius. There, I said it. Final Fantasy has become one of my favorite bands in a relatively short amount of time. During my recent trip to Amsterdam and Barcelona, Final Fantasy was the only music I would listen to. Listening to Owen and his beautiful violin put me to sleep every single night. Or maybe that was the coffeeshops. Whatever. While Your Light is Spent might be a better sleep song, I already put it on the ATG Valentines Day Mixtape, and Peach Plum Pear is the perfect lullaby. I just recently did an interview with Owen(!) and I will be writing it up and posting it sometime in the next few days. Also, he hooked me up with his latest album, He Poos Clouds (which will be released later this month), and I must say, it is a solid follow up to his breakthrough 2005 debut, Has a Good Home. 5) Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand In Mine (Goodbye) ZACK: I could've put on a number of songs from Explosions, but I chose the shortened version of Your Hand in Mine, featured on the Friday Night Lights Soundtrack (which is pretty much just an EitS album), because it is absolutely beautiful. The song is so simple, yet so entrancing. Put this one on your car stereo for a night drive and be careful, because you might just fall asleep at the wheel. 6) Imogen Heap - Can't Take it In ZACK: This song, feautured on The Chronic(what)cles of Narnia Soundtrack, is a beautiful blend of vocals and beeps. It sounds similar to many Imogen Heap songs, but that is not meant to take anything away from it. Imogen Heap has a very distinct style, and Can't Take it In is one of her finest. If I were Derek I'd probably describe this song as "ethereal". But, then again, if I were Derek I'd also probably study dictionaries and thesauruses in my free time. Her voice is breathy and breathtaking, and this song is a perfect lullaby for a young child. 7) Belle & Sebastian - Sleep the Clock Around ZACK: Derek said that this song is horrible for a sleep mix and asked "when have horns ever been used in a sleep song?" My response is this song. B&S is a favorite of mine, and this song, more electronica(l) than most of their music, is best listened to after a long night. The little whistles and simple drum noise are so adorable, and Stuart Murdoch's vocals are perfectly dreamy, as always. I've used this song as an insomnia cure since 8th grade. 8) Iron & Wine - The Trapeze Swinger DEREK: Sam Beam's finest work to date, his Mona Lisa if you will, "The Trapeze Swinger" is an absolute epoch, clocking in at 9 minutes and 31 seconds with lyrics that would not be out of place in a book of beautiful poetry. Operating with an interesting poetic technique in which every verse begins with the same "Please remember me..." refrain, Beam's ambiguously autobiographical lyrics are the best he's ever brought to the table and will easily lull you into a trance of. If you're still awake at this point in the mix I'd be surprised, but your consciousness doesn't stand a chance against this epic. 9) Ben Gibbard - Recycled Air (Acoustic) DEREK: Seriously, you're asleep already, I don't even know why I'm bothering to even mention these songs. But Zack wanted me to, and I'd do anything for that guy (note: "anything" does not include anything involving danger, physical discomfort, strenuous activity, or situations requiring substantial effort on my part). Here we have a lovely solo performance of The Postal Service's "Recycled Air", recorded live at KEXP, in which the swirling synths and blissful electronica of the original are stripped away in favor of Ben Gibbard's beautiful voice and acoustic guitar. 10) Death Cab for Cutie - Passenger Seat ZACK: Mr. Gibbard makes his second appearance on this mixtape in, dare I say, possibly the best song off of Death Cab's best album, Transatlanticism. This beautiful little ditty holds the distinct honor of being one of the small handful of songs that I can play (correctly) on my keyboard. Passenger Seat is short, simple, and features pretty much just a piano, but is one of Death Cab's most emotional songs. With incredible lyrics and Ben Gibbard's signature voice, Passenger Seat was made for this mix. 11) Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek (Ciaran Hamilton's Unofficial Strings Mix) DEREK: Everyone knows and loves "Hide and Seek" for it's sparse/non-existent arrangement and it's undivided focus on Imogen's unbelievable voice, so how could one possibly remix it and still preserve it's breathtaking beauty. By adding the one element that makes every song better, strings! Ciaran Hamilton keeps it simple adding some very subtle, very soothing strings to the mix, doing the impossible and actually creating a more sleep-able version of Imogen's sleep mix staple. 12) Sigur Ros - Untitled #3 (Samskeyti) DEREK: These next two songs are pretty much all I need to fall asleep and as a result have been the centerpiece (or in most cases, the only songs) on every sleep mix I've ever made. "Untitled #3 (Samskeyti)", which I first fell in love with after it's inclusion in the haunting final scene of last year's powerful/disturbing Mysterious Skin, is unbelievably beautiful despite it's incredible simplicity. In this instrumental masterpiece, the same piano line is played over and over again as Sigur Ros' signature dark ambience swirls in the background (and yes, I decided ambience can swirl), until just before the 5-minute mark when the piano jumps up an octave, and the result is what one can only describe as a musical epiphany. 13) The Album Leaf - Twentytwofourteen DEREK: Even if you've been popping speed and smoking crack all day, you don't stand a chance against this soothe-fest. On this, The Album Leaf's finest track, Jimmy Lavalle creates an instrumental masterpiece of unparalleled beauty. Each pristine note floats through your consciousness and takes you to a whole new place, where immaculate rivers flow through untouched and fertile valleys and no one ever grows old (note: I am sooooo lame). Game over, The Album Leaf has just pounded home the nail in the coffin of your consciousness (in the most soothing way possibe, of course). 14) Air - Alone in Kyoto ZACK: This song is pretty gosh-darn beautiful. When the plucking of the cello, or whatever instrument it is, comes in, I get some shivers down my spine. Alone in Kyoto, more than anything, is just a very comforting song, and what is more important than being comfortable when you are trying to fall asleep?
15) Dntel - Last Songs ZACK: Appropriately titled, this song by Dntel (AKA Jimmy Tamborello AKA the beats behind The Postal Service) is a remarkable instrumental track that, while somewhat repetitive, never gets old to me. During my recent trip to Delaware for my birthday, Last Songs came onto the iPod right as we were crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. No song could’ve been more fitting for the beauty that surrounded us (Note: I actually just complimented Maryland. This was hard for me.)
There you have it, the All Things Go Sleep Mixtape in all its glory. Thanks again to Derek for all his help and his aesthetically-pleasing artwork. I'd also like to thank Derek for using adjectives that I didn't even know existed. Once again, you can print out the cover art and give the CD to a loved one, sibling, neighbor, or the jittery crack-head that lives in your basement. I'm sure he/she/it will love it. That is, if he doesn't scatter when you turn the basement lights on. (NOTE: none of the Derek links are actual pictures of Derek. Except for that dwarf in a suit of armor one. That's Derek.)
PS: Leave comments please, I'd love to know which songs you liked and which songs you didn't. Also, I'm going to be buying a domain for All Things Go and want to know which domain name you loyal readers would prefer: www.allthingsgoblog.com or www.all-things-go.com. Goodnight.
-Zack

A Couple Things...

Update: The new Moneen album is only $5.99 at Best Buy. There is absolutely no reason for you fans not to go out and buy it. Armed simply with an iBook and two microphones, the Drugstore Cowboys create an interesting blend of Blood Brother's-esque screaming with electronic dance beats. To get a better idea of what they sound like, take a look at their MySpace description: "If WHAM! had sex with Slayer at a disco to a Britney Spears song remixed by The Blood Brothers with The Faint producing it and 3-6 Mafia serving the drinks..." Tracks such as "These Clouds Will Never Catch Us" begin immediately with a barrage of Locust-like lighting-fast drum sequences and screams, and then fall into more dance-oriented sections. Other tracks, such as "Penguin Tuxes at the Disco Bar" or "Eulogy For a Friendly Foe" do the exact opposite. But regardless of what order they're in, all of the Drugstore cowboys songs are quite a pleasure to listen to. Make sure to catch them on the Breasts Are the New Tits Spring Break '06 Tour (dates on MySpace). They put on an energetic live show that you definetly don't want to miss.
The Drugstore Cowboys - These Clouds Will Never Catch Us The Drugstore Cowboys - Penguin Tuxes at the Disco Bar
The Drugstore Cowboys - Eulogy For A Friendly Foe

It came somewhat as a surprise to me, but the new Moneen CD, The Red Tree is pretty damn good. I've felt that their past releases, save for some excellent songs like "Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now?" and "Start Angry, End Mad," have been somewhat empty; not many songs of theirs have come across to me as amazing or ground-breaking. So naturally, I began listening to this album with low expectations. I was wrong. The first few seconds of the album's introductory track, "Don't Tell Locke What He Can't Do," did it all for me; The Red Tree begins with a solid, fast-paced rock song that reminded me of "Are We Really Happy...". Everything that followed was great as well. Every song has something about it, whether it be a catchy chorus line or guitar riff, that distinguishes it from every other one on the album. The Red Tree is definetly Moneen's best work yet. Do these guys a favor and actually go out and buy it. It's definetly worth the money.
Moneen - Don't Tell Locke What He Can't Do
Moneen - If Tragedy' s Appealing, Then Disaster's an Addiction
Moneen - The Frightening Reality Of The Fact That We Will All Have To Grow Up And Settle Down Some Day


-Adrian

Saturday, April 08, 2006

The Flaming Lips - At War With the Mystics

Let me start by saying that I am in love with the Flaming Lips, so this post is a bit biased. These crazy alt-rockers from Oklahoma have a special place in my heart. I have been anticipating the release of their newest album, At War With the Mystics, for some time now, as these guys have taken their sweet time. Their previous album, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, was released back in 2002 is one of my favorite albums. Yoshimi had plenty of commercial success, while keeping the music quality. At War With the Mystics seems to continue the Lips trend towards even more synths and beeps, while still continuing with the offbeat lyrics and generally happy tone. My three favorite tracks exemplify some of the directions that The Flaming Lips are heading towards. The first single, The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, is upbeat and features amusing and adorable vocals. The "Yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah" and "no no no no, no no no no" breaks in song are the highlights of a well-rounded first single. The next two songs are a bit different than YYY Song. Mr. Ambulance Driver is a much more quiet and harmonious song, featuring emotional synth lines and powerful lyrics. This song is also featured in the Wedding Crashers soundtrack. The last song, The W.A.N.D. has been floating around the blogs for a while, and while some are touting it as the gem of the album, I do not agree. Don't get me wrong, I definitely enjoy the song. I just don't think that it is as strong as the other two I mentioned. The song features a dirty bassline and airy vocals, but just isn't quite as good as Yeah Yeah Yeah Song or Mr. Ambulance Driver. This in no way means the song is bad, as it is probably better than 95% of the music being made today, it is just not The Flaming Lips finest. I still recommend you check the song out, however. The album as a whole is pretty solid, and while I'm not in love with At War as much as I was with Yoshimi, it is a quality followup. It's good to hear these guys again, and I welcome them back with open arms. The Flaming Lips - Mr. Ambulance Driver The Flaming Lips - The W.A.N.D. The Flaming Lips - Yeah Yeah Yeah Song [download or die]

Themed Thursday: For the Family

This Themed Thursday is all about the people who give us the most, love us unconditionally, and sometimes pose for embarrassing pictures, our parents. Everyone's parents are different from one another, but I am sure all of us have had the lovely experience of defending a band we love but our parents can't stand. However, how many of us have bands or songs that we love and our parents equally love? This Thursday we are all sharing songs that both we and our parents love to rock out to together. Alex's Pick: The Weakerthans - Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961) I listened to Reconstruction Site non-stop over my sophomore summer, not because I loved the CD (although I did and do) but because my mom and dad could not get enough to it. The Weakerthans are one of the few bands that my entire family (all six of us) will listen to in total silence because we all love what we hear. This song in particular is mine and my mother’s favorite. Ryan’s Pick: Q and not U - Wonderful People I picked this song for two reasons: 1) It's been a while since I've shared music with my parents. 2) It's the only song I've played randomly on my computer to have every member of my family ask me who it was. Adrian's Pick: The Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) My grandmother owns her own copy of Funeral. This is her favorite. 'Nuff said. Austin's Pick: Snow Patrol - Chocolate What parent wouldn't love this song? My mom jams to this absolutely beautiful song by a band whose music is fun for the whole family. Zack's Pick: The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. I This was a difficult choice, because both of my parents enjoy most of my music. My dad loves Postal Service and Ted Leo, among others, and I frequently burn indie mixtapes for my mom. She has, however, requested that Yoshimi be put as the first song on every mix I give her, no matter the theme. Thusly, I chose her favorite.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Guess Who's Back

Hey guys, im sorry for the incredible lack of posts in the past few weeks. 3 of us were on vacation, including me. I had a wonderful time in Amsterdam and Barcelona, and have plenty of pictures and stories that I will be sharing in the next few days. I have a few posts lined up for this week and the next, including, but not limited to: Themed Thursday, a few band writeups, and also both ATG Mixtape One and ATG Sleep Mixtape. Get excited. -Zack
(PS: The picture is of a sculpture by the famous architect and native of Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi, taken by my brother Alex.)

Whoring Myself Out...

Seeing as Alex got to advertise his website a couple times, I figured I might as well do the same as well. Today I'll be taking over my friend Max's radio show for the first hour or so since he won't be there. Seeing as Georgetown Radio usually doesn't get to hear my type of music, I think it should be an interesting show. So starting at 2, tune into Georgetown Radio. It should automatically start playing in iTunes as a continuous feed when you click on the link. Hopefully this can be a weekly thing until school ends. Thanks everybody! -Adrian

Monday, April 03, 2006

Guest Album Review: The Appleseed Cast - Peregrine

The Appleseed Cast's latest album Peregrine may perhaps be one of the finest releases of 2006. Everything about the album is great. If you're a fan of amazing instrumentals, then this is definetly an album you should get your hands on. I would review this album myself, but my friend and fellow Hoya, Dave Ambrose, can probably tell you about it ten times better than I ever could. After reading his review, definetly check out his site, Hate Something Beautiful, a great site that provides you with all the essential music news of the day. Alright. Without further ado, here is Sir Ambrose's review for Peregrine... Try to imagine the day when you were first born. I know it is difficult, but just think. Do you remember that blinding light overhead in the ER? Do you hear faint whispers as well as joyous crying from the mother that birthed you? How did the stale, hospital air taste on your lips? Or do you remember nothing? Was it all just one, big blur? Is that how life should be, a cycle of sensations that one day comes to an end? Maybe I forgot to talk about “rebirth,” a word I was taught to view as trivial, a waste of my time and effort to ever think about. For certain, I knew of only two things: creation and destruction, one of which already occurred. Lawrence, Kansas fostered four individual souls ten years ago to create a musical experience like no other. Their sound manifested itself upon our sensations. The members of The Appleseed Cast (TAC), quite simply, are our version of Bach, Vivaldi and Chopin. Lyrical and instrumental geniuses would be understatements when describing one of the most influential bands of the last decade. Veterans Chris Crisci (vocals/guitar), Aaron Pillar (guitar), Marc Young (bass) and recent new-comer from the defunct Casket Lottery, Nathan "Junior" Richardson (drums/percussion) released “Peregrine” on March 21, 2006 through California-based label, The Militia Group. The story that follows is a tale unlike any other, filled with instrumental crescendos, soaring guitar chords, dazzling thrums overlaid upon secrets, ghosts, spirituality, anguish and family. Thirteen tracks is all it took to make “Peregrine” my favorite TAC album of all time, and that’s telling you something. Resting atop the evanescent giants of “Low Level Owl Versions 1 and 2” as well as “Two Conversations,” “Peregrine” paints a landscape with all colors, hues and tones, imbued with brooding emotion. Although TAC did not intend to create a concept album with their Militia Group debut, indefinite hints of a general theme lurk throughout: a patchwork of images flood the listener’s audible space, from a once loving father racked with guilt to a son fighting against his enmity. These images are obvious, but what are possibly more interesting are those that lay between the chorus and chord. Let me explain…. TAC has always been renowned for their use of inverting tapes and experimentation of loops, but never toying with the real deal. Incorporating live electronic transmissions is a first from what I have heard of TAC, specifically in “Mountain Halo.” After thirty-five listens, one picks up a faint radio transmission of sorts at the end of an industrialized version of a modern ghost story: “Mass service units,” a man on a radio explains, interrupted with static following and then, “…[something is] flying into 2 World Trade Center.” What is Crisci telling us? The beauty of the album is its never-ending appeal to attract another listen. When I first heard the album, the sound was something I was not expecting: cleaner and tighter, the sound was much crisper in comparison to past releases, especially with Richardson’s array of percussion arrangements. “Ceremony,” the album’s opener, showcases this altered and expounded sound. Guitar chords move into shallow lulls of fabricated loops, bursting into an explosion of deep and heavy drums. TAC matches, if not, surpasses the lone-instrumental genius of Explosions In The Sky with their “ceremonial” procession. Certainly, “Ceremony” sets the stage for the coming twelve tracks: it’s hard to describe in words, but our journey leads us to a sensational manifestation of harmony in a fifty-five minute cycle. “Woodland Hunter (Part 1)” reminds me of the “Two Conversations” glory days. With Crisci pontificating metaphors of winter and summer, I felt back home in my listening place to those times in “A Dream For Us.” What makes the track so special is the audible staggering of sound: a guitar ends, a snare-drum picks up…back and forth till merging into “Here We Are (Family In The Hallways).” Like other TAC tracks, “Here We Are (Family In The Hallways)” utilizes instrumental as well as lyrical crescendos to their full effect. Magnificent are their transitions from chaos to harmony, more specifically, from chord distortion to perfection. “Silas’ Knife” is a cut above many of the other tracks on the album (no pun intended!). Crisci comes in and out of vocal awareness with haunting woos and pauses, followed by elongated rhythm sections by Pillar. A harmonica finds its way into the middle movement, only to be surpassed by a marvelous drum breakdown toward the latter of the song. Without question, “Sunlit Ascending” bears a striking instrumental resemblance to “Losing Touching Searching” on TAC’s famed “Two Conversations.” With some high-ended guitar notes and wonderful percussional execution, “Sunlit Acsending” crescendos to something we have and always will love about TAC: a tsunami of sound finds a way to form into one, unified harmony of vocals and instruments. It truly is a thing of beauty. Behind “Ceremony” lies “Peregrine’s” most underrated and gem of a track, titled “An Orange And A Blue.” The name sounds simple enough, right? Right, but the sound is so far from it. The musical landscape of “An Orange And A Blue” is so complex, with over four different movements under a span of four minutes and eleven seconds that the listener, like most TAC pieces, finds himself/herself laden with magnificent colors of euphony. Wow. Toward the end of the album, TAC really picks up their musical prowess with stunners such as “Woodland Hunter (Part 2),” the title track and of course, “The Clock And The Storm.” Seven songs before, Crisci laid down a story of allegorical brilliance: laden with nature’s best analogies, “(Part 1)” elaborates on a tale of blossoming love. Fast-forward some years, where “(Part 2)” develops. “A heart filled with long and despair,” mellows Crisci along the simplified tune, with keyboard and snare-taps adding to the somber atmosphere. The feel of the ballad smoothly transitions into “Peregrine,” the title track of the album. To be honest, when I hear title tracks of albums, I usually find something is missing, some sort of punch to it. Sunny Day Real Estate’s “How It Feels To Be Something On” and Jimmy Eat World’s “Clarity.” However, TAC was able to deliver a worthy example of how to formulate a beautiful title track. Besides the sheer awesomeness of instrumentals on the four minute and thirty second eye-opener, Crisci’s voice and words take the stage in ways I never heard imaginable: “When you crawl back to me, you will be on your knees,” he belts out. The imagery of the lyric is awe-inspiring. With the exceptions of “Mare Vitalis” and “Two Conversations,” TAC ended on the typical note of an instrumental closer…and what a note to end on, if I might add. From slow, subtle movements to fast, intricate interludes and rhythm sections, “The Clock And The Storm” truly represents my love for this band. After all my listens of the album, through and through, I could only find one flaw, rather one realization: Hardly anyone, even those die hard fans in the “scene,” those tracing back to 1984 with Rites of Spring and Jawbreaker, will appreciate the genius this album exudes. Why, you might ask? Simple. The members of The Appleseed Cast are amongst a small group of musicians who still do what Rites of Spring and Jawbreaker did twenty-two years ago: craft art that hits home at the heart of listener, an art of precision and passion. Rating: 9.5/10 Here are Dave's favorite tracks from Peregrine: The Appleseed Cast - Woodland Hunter (Part 1)
The Appleseed Cast - Here We Are (Family in the Hallways)
The Appleseed Cast - Mountain Halo


Thanks Dave! And don't forget to check out Hate Something Beautiful everybody. -Adrian